26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School
It is hard to believe that we are heading into Thanksgiving break. Please take this week to relax and enjoy time with your family. We will have three weeks remaining when we return until our Holiday break. Please see all of the information found below in regards to the Finals schedule and Exemption information.
I would like to give a big congratulations to one of our outstanding Science teachers, Mr. Crump. The Texas State Selection Committee for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program (PAEMST) has selected Mr. William Crump from Colleyville Heritage High School in the Science secondary teacher division as a state finalist. This is a huge accomplishment and honor for our school and district.
Please enjoy your week and we will see you on Monday, November 29 and it will be a “B” day.
Highlights from GCISD:
COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity for ages 5-11
Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo
Join our GCISD community on December 11 for a FREE walk-up Winter Wonderland 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo at Grapevine High School’s Mustang Activity Center (MAC)! There will be prizes for most festively dressed Winter Wonderland participants, multiple door prizes and raffle prizes! The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Vendor Expo open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strollers are welcome! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please complete THIS VENDOR FORM by Friday, December 3rd. PTA, Campus Groups, Student Groups, Community Businesses, and more welcome!
Highlights from counseling:
Anxiety & Depression Program for GCISD Families
Junior Parent/Counselor Meetings
Parents of JUNIORS- Check your email later today for an invitation to your personalized Junior Parent Meeting with your student's counselor to discuss senior year and post-high school plans.
Level Down Window
The final level down window is December 1-3. During this time students may request to level down from an AP to advanced class or an advanced to on level class for the spring semester. The level down request form will be located on the counseling website and in students' Class of 202X Canvas course.
GRACE Christmas Cottage Drive
From now until December 10th, CHHS will be collecting items for the GRACE Christmas Cottage. Please see the list of needs below. Items can be dropped off in the box in the counseling office. Thank you for your contribution!
Christmas Cottage is a GRACE program that provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency. Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. Over 2,500 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.
Future Planning Hour
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT - Camdyn Danbom
This week's Project Graduation Senior Spotlight is Camdyn Danbom. Camdyn is on the Varsity Panther Cheer team and has been a part of competitive cheer at Spirit Xtreme for the past 9 years. She is also a part of Redefining Beautiful, Jersey Girls, Spirit Sisters & Black Attack. Camdyn will be attending the University of Oklahoma and plans on majoring in nursing. Her motivation comes from Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me".
She looks forward to making memories before leaving for college at Project Graduation. She is excited to look back on all of the fun that they had that night.
We are looking for students to help us promote CHHS Project Graduation! Being involved will also promote your sport, club or organization! If you are interested, we will coordinate with you to determine which date you will be featured as our Senior Spotlight Student. Only a certain number of applicants will be accepted so apply quickly to get a spot. Please fill out the following Google Form or contact Rhonda Byers if you are interested in being featured in the Senior Spotlight.
Panther Sporting Events:
Panther Boys basketball
Panther Football Team Send Off to Area Playoff Game
Be in the PAC Saturday, November 20th by 7:45 am.
We will line a path on 2 sides to cheer the boys as they load the bus.
Then we will walk to the grassy area and wave them off.
Hope to see you there!
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Opponent: Amarillo Sandies
Tickets are on sale now at:
Playoff Shirts On Sale -- Order yours today at https://www.blingitboutiquetx.com/chhsfootballspirit
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Attention Class of 2024!
Official Class of 2024 t-shirts are ready to order! To get your shirt, fill out this Google Form and bring cash or a check made out to CHHS to Mrs. Morrison in B205 or Ms. Lemhouse in L110. Orders and payment must be received by November 19 at 4pm.
Panther Football Playoff Shirt: Limited Stock Left!
Support CHHS DECA
SUPPORT PANTHER SOFTBALL AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS
Senior Yard Signs and Spirit Items
The Project Graduation's Swag Shop is NOW OPEN: www.chhsprojectgraduation.company.site. Pre-Order your yard sign, license plate cover, and t-shirts through Thursday December 2nd for arrival before the Winter Break. Orders received after December 2nd will arrive after the Winter Break. T-shirt options include designs for Mom, Dad, Seniors, and the Panther community!
Project Graduation would like to congratulate Senior Reagan Brown. Reagan submitted an original design that was selected for the Project Graduation Senior T-Shirt. A special thank you to Reagan for taking the time to support her senior class and Project Graduation.
Support CHHS Project Graduation
Colleyville Heritage High School is Hosting Junior Tennis Skills Clinics (6-8th grade)
Session 1 Dec.11th & Session 2 Jan.15th
10:30am-12:30pm CHHS courts
Kids are grouped based on skill level:
• Beginners: Introduction to proper grips, swing pathways (forehands, backhands, overheads and serves) and
movement to ball.
• Intermediate: Introduction to increased racquet swing speed (forehands, backhands, overheads and serve)
and ball placement skills.
• Advanced: Ball control, targeting of shots during match play and serving skills
$40 per session or $75.00 for both
**Session 2 incorporates the skills learned in the 1st Session
CHHS coaches and Shaughnessy Bland from Matchtime Tennis will be running the clinic.
Please register here by Dec. 3rd for session 1 and Jan. 7th for session 2. Please call or text Michelle Barron-817-939-9430 if you have any questions.
Singing Holiday Cards
Community Service Ambassador Program (CSAP)
All students are invited to participate in the CHHS Community Service Ambassador Program. Information about the program can be found here.
Due to Covid restrictions at many philanthropies in the area over the last 18 months, students from the Class of 2022 need 65 hours to complete the program. Have questions or need to check your hours? See Mrs. Howard in the counseling office or use the class specific email below.
BUY A STADIUM BAG TO KEEP WARM
PREPARE FOR THE COOLER TEMPERATURES WITH A STADIUM BAG
- This will keep you warm whatever outdoor sport you are watching!
- Easy to store and carry, zipper closure
- Help support the tennis team when you purchase
- Bags can be customized to your child's sport, baseball, soccer, football, tennis
Contact Shannon @ Shannon510@me.com to order your bag today.
- Orders take roughly 3 weeks to customize, don't delay
- More information found here
Fall 2021 Exam Schedule Dec 15-17
PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS
Do you volunteer for your favorite CHHS program? Please submit your volunteer hours and encourage other volunteers to do the same. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other uses. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: Volunteer hours
CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions
Order your CHHS Yearbook - FINAL DEADLINE
SENIOR ad in the CHHS YEARBOOK - FINAL DEADLINE
You can pay and create your Senior Ad TODAY! Senior ads in the yearbook are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. To purchase and create your ad, follow the instructions found here. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. All ads must be paid for and submitted online before the FINAL DEADLINE on Friday, January 28. Senior ads are for seniors only.
Save the Date
Ongoing Important Information:
Support Project Graduation
Project Graduation is an all-night lock-in party designed to keep our seniors off the roads on graduation night and provide a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free celebration. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
The Project Graduation Committee is open to Parents from the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 and needs the support of underclassmen parents in order to keep this CHHS tradition alive. Students may also volunteer to earn service hours. Volunteer on our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support CHHS PTSA
Ordering school pictures
CHHS 21-22 Student Planners
We are 6-weeks into the school year and hope that your students are all reaching their academic and extracurricular goals! In case they could use a little help with organization and keeping track of all that their classes and extracurriculars require, we have a resource that could be very useful for them!
We have CHHS 21-22 Student Planners for $5 and they include the bell schedule, our nine-week planning calendars, monthly planning calendars, AND weekly planning calendars! Students can see Mrs. Byers in the front office to purchase one.
Support CHHS PTSA
Earn your Champion Cord for Graduation!
CHHS PREP Services ‘21-’22
Sign Up Today Class of 2022 Parents and Students
With Class of 22 Image included below, put the following text:
Class of 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 Students & Parents ~ WE NEED YOU! We want to keep CHHS Project Graduation going for years to come and we need your help to start planning for our 2022 Seniors! Our goal is to have parents and students from ALL grade levels on the committee! Most positions are a minimum time commitment. More than one person can help with each position so get a friend or two and sign up together. Please use one space per name and note in the comments if you would like to work as a team. Students can also volunteer to help with any positions and earn service hours! Students would be perfect to help with website, social media, contacting businesses and more!
Community Membership Campaign
Our GCISD Council of PTAs is kicking off our Community Membership Campaign for the 21-22 year!
Support our local PTAs by joining all 17 campuses with a Community Membership.
COVID-19 Protocol Information
Seniors! College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Or send an email to Emily.email@example.com. Please check your school email for follow-up communication.
Do you have general questions about what may be next after graduation? We are here to help you make a plan whether that is heading off to college, joining the military, or jumping into the workforce. Please come by so we can help you with your next steps!
Virtual College Visits:
Curious to how you can visit schools virtually and take advantage of their online opportunities? Check out this great resource that links you to each college's virtual experience page!
Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.
Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.
Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!
GCISD College Visits:
This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured below.
The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!
GCISD school cafeterias follow a calendar-cycle menu at breakfast and lunch. This menu begins on September 13th, 2021. During the first 4 weeks of school, all schools will follow a simplified lunch menu to allow all students to adjust to the new school year and to re-familiarize themselves with the cafeteria and their PIN number. The simplified menus can be viewed online using our menu system MealViewer. Printable copies of all menus can be downloaded here. If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
House Bill 4545
Given the disruptions of the 2020-2021 school year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545, signed on June 16, 2021, which provides additional learning opportunities for students who did not meet standards on the STAAR exam in the form of extra tutoring.
For Families of Students Who Did Not Perform Satisfactorily on STAAR Exams
If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR, STAAR End of Course (EOC), or STAAR Alt exam, in any STAAR assessed grade levels and subjects, the District will provide accelerated instruction.
For a student who does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading assessment in grades 3, 5, or 8, the District will establish an Accelerated Learning Committee (ALC), which includes the student’s parent, to develop an educational plan for accelerated instruction to enable the student to perform at the appropriate grade level by the conclusion of the next school year. Accelerated instruction entails delivering supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.
For Families of Students Who Did Not Take STAAR Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year
For students who were absent or otherwise unable to take the STAAR or STAAR EOC for the 2020-2021 school year, the district may administer an assessment to determine student grade level proficiency on the state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If the student earns a passing score, then the student can be exempted from the House Bill 4545 tutoring requirement.
GCISD will also provide more information to parents as we work with and gather additional insight from TEA to support our students with HB 4545 requirements.
Additional information on HB 4545 can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-4545-implementation-overview
Student Fees and Parking Permits
Please log into your parent portal to check all student and course fees. Some courses do have fees associated with them, along with the $5 student photo id that is charged each year. Parking permits are $100 for the full year and additional fees do apply for the painted parking spaces that are sold through StuCo. The information below will show you the steps to view and make payments online:
Log in to the Skyward Parent Portal using the desktop version only
Click on Fee Management on the left hand side of the list of activities. (Fees can be viewed here)
Click on Make a Payment
Select the fees you want to add to your cart, you can also add the fee for parking at this time.
Click Checkout, which will direct you to the RevTrak page for payment.
Log into RevTrak and complete your payment
The $5 online processing fee will be waived from August 3rd - 11th. Should you wish to pay these fees in person, this can be done once school is back in session or payment can be mailed to the school with attention: Ashley Chaney.
For any questions or concerns regarding fees, please contact the CHHS Bookkeeper, Ashley Chaney at 817-305-4746 or email@example.com.
CHHS to GHS Shuttles - Transportation Safety Protocols
Students riding shuttle buses between CHHS and GHS will be assigned to a specific bus this year. Once a bus is assigned, students will ride the same bus each time they shuttle between campuses. In the event we have a positive test, all passengers on the bus will be notified.
Standard Response Protocols
The GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, has asked that we provide you with information regarding Standard Response Protocols.
GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district.
Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.
Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.
I have included the SRP Posters that are displayed in your student’s classrooms so that you can review with your student at home and discuss with them when they take part in the drills during the first two weeks. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at www.gcisd.net/our_district/safety_and_security. If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.